Local Association AGM – contribute to the debate on USS and future issues

Wednesday 8th June sees the University of Bradford Local Association Annual General Meeting. In addition to the Presidents’ Report on behalf of the Committee and election of officers for 2011/12 this year’s meeting is all the more important in order to discuss the changes imposed to USS – despite an overwhelming local and national rejection – and how we respond.

You may have seen that university employers plan to implement in the Autumn. There is, therefore, a window to keep up the fight and all is not lost. Your LA reps attended UCU’s National Congress in Harrogate on the Bank Holiday weekend (dedication!) where the following motion was passed:

Conference condemns the imposition of the employers’ proposals through the USS JNC which will:

• Reduce benefits for new starters and leave existing scheme members vulnerable to further attacks

• Make it cheaper to sack people on redundancy

The purpose of these changes is to create a financial buffer enabling joint contribution rates at least 6.5% higher than required on current actuarial assumptions. Conference notes that despite the persistent efforts of UCU negotiators to achieve a settlement to protect the future of USS and acceptable benefits for future members, the employers refused to engage and hid behind the USS Board’s threat of serious legal action against individual negotiators to force through the changes. Conference instructs HEC to re-ballot members and develop a major programme of sustained and disruptive industrial action targeting such areas as admissions, assessments and examinations for the next academic year in support of the counter-proposals submitted.

Please come to the LA AGM on Wednesday to discuss how we best respond locally and nationally to the USS dispute and to local issues on the agenda at the University of Bradford.

(For more on the USS situation click here)

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